Aotearoa 1840 – Code your own interactive timeline

The year is 2020. Here in New Zealand, year one of the new digital technologies learning area is upon us!

To help get the party started, Gamefroot has developed a new digital technologies learning resource to support future generations remember and learn about the 6th Feb 1840, Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and the events that surrounded it.

The resource is a DIY interactive timeline builder for students, and adults that want to level up their local Aotearoa knowledge.

So how does it work? Users simply browse to cloud based platform Gamefroot, open a tutorial and follow some instructions. Users are guided to do a little research (we point users in the right direction), and fill in the timeline using visual coding.

Why is this awesome? Kids love digital technologies, they love games, and learning our history is important. This is a great way to engage with New Zealand history in a way that is relevant to 21st century learners.

Aotearoa 1840 has been inspired by the ‘Te Tiriti o Waitangi’ school journal made by The Ministry of Education. Users will find everything they need to complete each section of the timeline online: (

Every user that completes this activity will walk away with some important moments of Aotearoa’s history forever etched into their mind.

How to use Aotearoa 1840:

Login / Register on Gamefroot and open the Tutorials sidebar

Opening the tutorial sidebar in Gamefroot

Click on the Aotearoa 1860 tutorial to open the tutorial in Gamefroot

When you have the tutorial open, follow the instructions in the tutorial, guaranteed to level up your NZ histories and your digital technologies skills!